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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Cirque du Soleil

Saw the new Cirque du Soleil show Ovo last night with my brother. Stunning as usual, with one of the best soundtracks I think of the past several shows. I knew nothing about this show going in, so was surprised to find it was insect-themed. For once Dave and I didn't have a pillar in the way of our sightlines of the stage.

It does really bug me (no pun intended) that the only program for the show you have to purchase, and it's not cheap. It's the only way to find out the names of the performers, and you have to ante up extra for it, so I'm sure most don't do it (I don't). It really does seem unfair to the performers.

Been managing to squeeze in a little more cycling, usually on the weekends now, as it gets dark by the time I leave work. Cracked 3000 km, and think I can add to it some more this coming weekend, which is supposed to be quite warm.

Last weekend was the Anime North Halloween Dance at the JCCC. It's actually turning into a mini-con event, as besides the dance we had a horror-themed video room, one-hour costume contest, some comic displays, and a haunted house courtesy of a student association at York which was the hit of the evening. I went thru it and it was quite good, especially for a week's work. Eileen is thinking of asking them to do something for the con in 2010. The taiko drummers turned up for a short performance (on the request of the head of the JCCC) as well, and we had a lot of costumes of course, so it was a fun evening.

Planning is slowly underway for Anime North 2010. Had a big meeting recently to get things rolling, but all really seems well. Hope I didn't just jinx myself.

Saw Zombieland, which was a lot of fun. Also saw A Serious Man, which, like Inglorious Basterds, has many brilliant bits, but may not add up to a complete film. Requires more thought.

Just before Halloween saw Bride of Frankenstein at the Revue, which hopes to have a regular Creature Feature night. Never saw the whole thing thru from beginning to end before, and it really is an amazing piece of work. Loved Dr. Pretorius. Don't know why he went thru the trouble of kidnapping Dr. Frankenstein's wife to force him to work with him, as Dr. Frank was so sniveling a few good bitch slaps would have been all that was required. Karloff didn't want the Creature to speak, but it really worked. Only if you have a lever that blows up your castle you need a safety lock on it or something.

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Only paid-for programs is the norm in England. It's annoying.

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